Last year, the Detroit Lions signed veteran wide receiver Jermaine Kearse late in the offseason, a reunion of sorts between a former player and the team’s new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Detroit is being a bit more proactive in their approach to building depth at wideout ahead of April’s NFL Draft, reportedly agreeing to terms with Geronimo Allison according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Lions agreed to terms with former Packers’ WR Geronimo Allison.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 29, 2020
NOTE: The Detroit Lions official Twitter account has since confirmed the report from Schefter.
It’s been well-documented and publicized how the Lions situation at wide receiver past the 2020 season is uncertain at best—no receiver on the roster is signed with the team beyond 2020. But with the signing of Allison, Detroit adds another receiver to the mix. At the time of this post, the terms for Allison’s contract are currently undisclosed. UPDATE: Ian Rapoport has the details:
The #Lions agreed to terms with former #Packers WR Geronimo Allison, and he’ll get a 1-year deal for $910K and a $137.5K signing bonus — the max for the veteran minimum.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 29, 2020
A familiar face, Allison is a four-year veteran who’s spent his entire career with division rival Green Bay. In four seasons, Allison has 89 receptions for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns. His 2019 season saw him log career highs in games (16), snaps (689), and receptions (34). As a player, Allison brings with him some versatility in terms of positioning, seeing playing time both as a slot receiver and outside the numbers.
The signing of Allison at this point in the offseason isn’t particularly revealing, nor will it factor much into the Lions approach to addressing the position in the NFL Draft, but it does give the team another player to come in and compete in training camp for a position behind a loaded starting corps.